Guidance for employers and businesses

GOV.UK - What business's need to know on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidance for employers

Guidance for Businesses and Employers

Keep up to date on the latest news, regulations and advice on the coronavirus for businesses and employers at GOV.UK.

What you need to know

  • Businesses and workplaces should encourage their employees to work at home, wherever possible
  • If someone becomes unwell in the workplace with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, they should be sent home and advised to follow the advice to stay at home
  • Employees should be reminded to wash their hands for 20 seconds more frequently and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues
  • Frequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are touched regularly, using your standard cleaning products
  • Employees will need your support to adhere to the recommendation to stay at home to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) to others
  • Those who follow advice to stay at home will be eligible for statutory sick pay (SSP) from the first day of their absence from work
  • Employers should use their discretion concerning the need for medical evidence for certification for employees who are unwell. This will allow GPs to focus on their patients
  • If evidence is required by an employer, those with symptoms of coronavirus can get an isolation note from NHS 111 online, and those who live with someone that has symptoms can get a note from the NHS website
  • Employees from defined vulnerable groups should be strongly advised and supported to stay at home and work from there if possible

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Guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19)

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